How an Interdisciplinary Approach to Medicine is Best for Patients, With Dr. Michael Krahe, ACSDD Sleep Academy, Scottsdale, AZ and Darien, IL

As an orchestra has dozens of individual instruments playing different sounds, when those sounds are all put together, you get totally different sounds as a result.  Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder and Director of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disciplines Disorders, in Scottsdale, Arizona, says that the interdisciplinary model of medicine is similar to an orchestra.

By taking all of the different pieces that have value in and of themselves and being able to bring it together in a presentation to the patient, so the patient has a full knowledge of information, they are able to make the best decision possible and probably weren't able to do that before, says Dr. Krahe.  This also brings power and savings to our healthcare system, he notes.

"Bring it all together, find the best solution, deliver the care," Dr. Krahe says.

Michael Krahe, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of the ACSDD and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Michael can be reached at  For more information on Transformational Alliances, click here.


Interdisciplinary Model of Medicine, With Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder & Executive Director of ACSDD Sleep Academy, Scottsdale, Arizona and Darien, IL

There's an interdisciplinary model that's now being developed for those individuals working in the sleep disorders field.  Interdisciplinary has been a "buzz word" in all medical fields and compared to a unidimensional mode, offering just one viewpoint, it goes beyond that involving different practitioners in coming together and in turn, conveying that to the patient.  Offering a series of options to a patient allows the patient to become totally informed so they make an informed decision on their own, says Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder and Executive Director of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Using sleep disorder breathing as an example, Dr. Krahe says that in addition to a CPAP device for treatment, a patient can be offered an oral appliance, a behavioral approach or perhaps a surgical approach.  "All those pieces are conveyed to the patient," says Dr. Krahe.

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Michael Krahe, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of the ACSDD and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Michael can be reached at


Transformational Alliances, with Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder and Executive Director of the ACSDD

Transformational Alliances is a group of experts and practitioners who have come together to help dentists implement dental sleep medicine seamlessly into their dental practice.

Transformational Alliances includes several dental providers and bring with them their dental organizations.  Their mentors and respective organizations is what makes Transformational Alliance unique.

Offering a 3-day intensive program, Transformational Alliances can help dental practioners bring dental sleep medicine into their dental practices.

Michael Krahe, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of the ACSDD and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Michael can be reached at  For more information on Transformational Alliances, click here.


Dr. Michael Krahe Introduces ACSDD to Indian Society for Sleep Research

Namaste.  It is a great honor to be one of the first to welcome each of you to the seventh annual National Sleep Medicine Course.  My name is Dr. Michael Krahe and I am the Founder & Executive Director of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines (or ACSDD) located in Arizona, USA.  

I am humbled that you would consider the ACSDD in affiliation with your distinguished organization.  I can only hope our relationship will be formally approved at your gathering.

I have asked my dear friend, colleague, our distinguished Medical Director, Dr. Deepak Shrivastava to allow me this time before you for two reasons: 1) to underscore the similarities between our organizations, and 2) to offer you the support and allegiance of the ACSDD.  

The ACSDD believes in a multidisciplinary approach to sleep medicine.  Much like the Indian Society for Sleep Research, the ACSDD invites all relevant health care practitioners to collaborate on the three stages of a sleep breathing disorder: the diagnosis, the treatment and the management.  

In the United States, physicians must diagnose the disorder.  But in order to treat and manage the disorder, dentists must collaborate with physicians, respiratory therapists, registered polysomnographers, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and others.  I believe it is this multidisciplinary core that unites our two organizations.

But what is a multidisciplinary paradigm without the evidence and research to support it?  The ACSDD, much like your ISSR, is dedicated to the future of sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine.  Besides collaboration, we believe the future success of both fields depend on evidence-based research and clinical expertise. 

This is why the ACSDD offers a rigorous yet accessible (via on line and on demand) Diplomate certification process and a new International Academic Certificate created with the expertise of Dr. Shrivastava and Dr Ron Dean our Dental Director.  Both certifications are designed to give practitioners evidence-based didactic knowledge in the field of sleep disorders.

If you'd like to learn more about the ACSDD, please visit our website,  You have an excellent course planned for this weekend and I wish I could be there with you!  I remain your supporter, distant friend and supporter until we meet face to face.  Namaste.


Sleep Apnea From a Maxillofacial Surgeon's Point of View, with Dr. Larry Wolford of Dallas, Texas

Dr. Larry Wolford, maxillofacial surgeon in Dallas, Texas says his own curiosity about sleep apnea and wanting to make his patients' lives better is how he got started with treating sleep apnea through surgery.  He got started during a time when technology exploded and he started thinking outside the box.

Dr. Wolford believes it takes a team effort  to get the best results.  With the help of dentists, orthodontists and sleep physicians, he can provide good outcomes for his patients.  Understanding all of the factors that go into a person having sleep apnea, as it's not always just one issue.

There is a big association with jaw joint problems and sleep apnea.  Dr. Wolford says that once we expand our knowledge, we'll have a better appreciation of how important it is to fix the jaw joint and make the treatment of sleep apnea much more predictable.  He is involved in a fellowship and residency program, providing on-hands training.  Dr. Wolford also does clinical research in his own practice and is in a lot of national publications.  Dr. Wolford finds that most insurance companies will cover the costs of surgery for patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea, as insurance companies recognize this diagnosis as a life threatening illness.

Dr. Wolford believes there is no better treatment for a sleep apnea patient than a multi-disciplinary approach, similar to the approach used at the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines.  He says it is a great way to see what other medical professionals have learned and that helps better manage his patients and "serve the patients better."

Dr. Larry Wolford is a maxillofacial surgeon in Dallas, Texas and more information about his practice can be found here.  More information on the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discplines can be found here.  Dr. Wolford spoke with Jim Evans, of Sleep Better TV during this broadcast, providing online, on-demand video content about sleep breathing disorders.